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Why has Newcastle Intelligence Online been created?
Local data can effectively inform members of the public and councillors about local level numbers, rates and geographical locations for outcomes, events, demand and delivery in relation to the services provided by various public bodies (including local authorities). This empowers communities to hold local organisations to account for what is happening and encourage active citizenship through enabling informed involvement at a local level.
In addition, Newcastle Intelligence Online operates as a data exchange hub, enabling policy and research workers throughout the area to contribute and extract information whilst benefiting from the systems tools for publishing reports, maps and charts.

Why does Newcastle Intelligence Online publish local authority data to the public?
To provide more information to communities about their local area.
To encourage and enable citizens to actively contribute and/or be involved in local decision making.
To enable better engagement between local authorities, partners and the public.

What is a Ward?
Within Newcastle, there are 26 electoral wards. Each of these wards has three elected members to represent the views of the communities and people that they represent. Data is available for a range of indicators and themes at ward level.

What is a Super Output Area?
Super Output Areas (SOAs) are a geography for the collection and publication of small area statistics published by the Office for National Statistics. The SOA layers form a hierarchy based on aggregations of Output Areas (OAs).  SOAs are better for statistical comparison as they are of much more consistent size and each layer has a specified minimum population to avoid the risk of data disclosure (releasing data that could be traced to individuals). SOAs will not be subject to frequent boundary change, so are more suitable for comparison over time. 

What are Lower Super Output Areas?

Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) are have an average population of 1500. In Newcastle, there are 175 LSOA's. These are the key geography enabling us to understand the position of Newcastle in a national context through direct comparisons with other areas of the country. Data is available for a range of indicators and themes at LSOA level.

What are Middle Super Output Areas?

A 'Middle Super Output Area' (MSOA) is an area consisting of an average population of 7,200. In Newcastle there are 30 MSOA's. LSOA are aggregated into MSOAs.

Other Geographies
Know Newcastle also provides information by other geographies relevant to Newcastle upon Tyne. If you have any queries about other geographies presented, please contact us.

What do the rates mean?
Where shown, rates are usually per 1,000 head of population during the particular time period. Rates may also be per 1,000 households for some datasets such as 'Burglary to Dwelling' but this will be clearly shown where it applies. Rates allow for us to understand how different sized areas; or areas with differing numbers of crimes etc relate to each other.

What about Data Protection?
The local authority and their partner agencies are satisfied that Know Newcastle has considered the data protection issues in relation to mapping and data table and that there are sufficient safeguards in terms of protecting the identity of victims of crime. Know Newcastle will continue to seek advice from local authority and partner agency data protection officers as the site continues to be developed.

Updated: 08 October 2013 | Owner: Sarah Ledger